Insomnia spurs creativity.

During my Sunday photo shoot of the Saratoga, Corinth & Hudson Railway train, I set up my gear so that the train would pass across Route 9N. Now when a train bisects a road, the railroad crossing sign flashes and a little gate drops. And lights flash on and off as the train passes.

And as Monday night blended into Tuesday morning … I came up with an idea.

I really like this photo, and I’m hoping that maybe it will work in a 3D print. So later today, I’ll ship off the left-and-right images to my 3D expert in Toronto, and confirm if he can make something out of this.

The Candy Cane Express. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Now you see the crossing sign. One light is lit. The other is not. The gate has one solid light (the farthest light on the gate arm), while one of the other two lights is visible.

I had my cameras set up on a tripod, so even if the train passed by, I’d get shots of the train as it passed the intersection. And in some of the shots, the crossing sign’s right light was lit, and in others the left light was lit.

So … if I combined two images, and changed the light setup to alternate from left to right …

And if I did this with two images, so that a stereoscopic print could be made …

In theory … I should receive something like this.

The Candy Cane Express Crossing. Nikon Df camera, 4 shots combined in stereo. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

That’s right. I used the crossing sign as the “pivot point,” and hopefully this will work.

Hey, I’ve heard that amazing things will happen if you just let your dreams fight your insomnia.

I think in this case … it’s more of a collaboration than a battle. 😀